8 Benefits of Swimming All Year Long

February 14, 2019

 

Whether you feel the heat of the sun or the chill of a snow flurry, an indoor pool means that you can swim no matter the weather report. Here are eight reasons why, even in the coldest months, it’s always the perfect time to sign up your child for swim lessons."

Whether you feel the heat of the sun or the chill of a snow flurry, an indoor pool means that you can swim no matter the weather report. Here are eight reasons why, even in the coldest months, it’s always the perfect time to sign up your child for swim lessons.

  1. Builds a child’s confidence all year long as they become stronger swimmers and maintain their self-rescue skills, making them safer around water since accidents can happen at any time of year.

  2. Maintains swim skills and stamina, meaning they’ll have fun in the pool during the warm, outdoor swim season rather than relearning skills lost during the winter months.

  3. Swimming supports the immune system by keeping the body fit and healthy, therefore reducing the risk of catching a virus like the cold or flu.

  4. Studies show that compared to other physical activities, swimming is unlikely to provoke breathing issues such as an asthma attack. Over the long term, it can even help increase lung volume and develop good breathing techniques in children who have asthma.

  5. Keeps kids active with good body confidence during winter months. Most people are inclined to be more sedentary during the colder months, which could lead to weight gain.

  6. Helps boost brain performance in school-age children by expending excess energy and keeping the body active and in good shape.

  7. Cures cabin fever by getting them out of the house, into the pool, and interacting with other children.

  8. Minimizes screen time, since most electronic devices don’t work well in the pool!

At the Y, we don't just teach people how to swim — we teach children and adults how to stay safe in and around the water — and we’ve been doing it for 130 years! Learn more about all the swimming and aquatics programs the Y offers in our indoor pool facilities, even during the coldest months of the year.